Latest updates on ACP's priorities, initiatives

ACP Spotlight offers readers a look at ACP's current top priorities and initiatives, as well as highlights from our e-newsletter, ACP Internist Weekly.

ACP launches campaign celebrating depth, diversity of internal medicine physicians

The new multichannel, multiyear campaign aims to showcase the leadership and impact of internal medicine physicians serving in many roles and settings. It will highlight the roles of internal medicine physicians, the growing career pathways and opportunities of the profession, and their essential contributions and impact on the future of health care.

The campaign will emphasize that internal medicine physicians are:

  • Experts in complexity,
  • Brilliant connectors for patients and health care systems,
  • The foundation of adult clinical care,
  • Vital to patients and other medical professionals, and
  • Leaders in the design and structure of the evolution of health care across the globe.

Over the coming months, digital advertising and articles demonstrating internal medicine physicians' leadership, impact, and value will appear in ACP publications, various media outlets, and social media platforms.

ACP releases its 2021-2022 Annual Report of the Executive Vice President

The Annual Report highlights the College's efforts over the past year on behalf of our internal medicine community. ACP made significant progress on strategic initiatives and important goals to help support internal medicine physicians and advance the profession of internal medicine. The report is online.

ACP announces new coding resources

New Coding for Clinicians resources will help physicians expand knowledge of clinical codes, correctly identify billable services, and accurately bill for time and expertise.

The resources include ACP member-exclusive content and ACP's Coding for Clinicians subscription series, a comprehensive, self-paced training series of 13 interactive modules eligible for CME/MOC. Video recordings of physician coding lectures and webinars are also available. Visit ACP's Coding for Clinicians page for more information and subscription details.

ACP issues position papers on equity, food insecurity, long-term care

Reforming Physician Payments to Achieve Greater Equity and Value in Health Care makes a series of recommendations about how payment models should be redesigned to better account for social drivers that impact patient health. It was published June 21 by Annals of Internal Medicine.

Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security to Promote Public Health in the United States” makes recommendations for strengthening the nation's food insecurity response. It was published June 28 by Annals of Internal Medicine.

Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults” recommends universal catastrophic long-term care insurance and more support for the workforce and informal caregivers, among other reforms, to provide adequate care to an aging population. It was published July 12 by Annals of Internal Medicine.

More details on these papers and ACP's work on social drivers of health can be found in the Washington Perspective column.

New ACP curriculum focuses on patient priorities

The new Patient Priorities Care online training series offers practical steps for physicians and care teams to learn how to help patients identify their health priorities.

There are three modules: Introduction to Patient Priorities Care, Identifying Health Priorities, and Aligning Decisions and Care with Patients' Health Priorities.

Free CME/MOC is available for completing each module.

ICYMI: Highlights from ACP Internist Weekly

  • CDC releases interim monkeypox guidance, reports epidemiologic and clinical characteristics. The interim guidance focused on monkeypox prevention and treatment in persons with HIV infection. The most frequently reported signs and symptoms in the U.S. include rash, fever, chills, and lymphadenopathy. The research and guidance were published Aug. 5 by MMWR and were summarized in the Aug. 16 ACP Internist Weekly.
  • Risks and benefits of procedure versus medication in afib vary by individual. A modeling study found that left atrial appendage occlusion could be an alternative to oral anticoagulants in patients at high bleeding risk but that stroke and bleeding risks should be considered on an individual basis. An editorialist said that clinicians caring for afib patients need additional research to guide treatment decisions. The study and editorial were published Aug. 16 by Annals of Internal Medicine and were summarized in the Aug. 16 ACP Internist Weekly.

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